J.R.'s Blog: With all the injuries to the Raw roster seemingly coming in a matter of a few hours over the weekend, Monday Night Raw exceeded my expectations.
Any time a wrestling company is going through transitional periods, which all do and always have, and gets hammered with injuries on top of it, it makes for interesting days. Now is truly the time for athletes to capitalize on the minutes that they receive. It's like coming off the bench in a NBA playoff game, all of one's minutes are big and are critical for the team's success.
I've seen multiple stars made during unique times and it's all about capitalizing on one's opportunities.
Dunfee's Dose: I definitely believe that World Wrestling Entertainment has a lot to gain going through this transition period, if done correctly that is. Many are saying that WWE's roster is currently slim at the moment, however I disagree.
I believe the roster is loaded, especially with young talented guys such as John Cena, Randy Orton, Edge, Ted DiBiase, Montel Vontavious Porter, John Morrison, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston, Drew McIntyre, C.M. Punk, Chris Jericho. The list can go on and on, the point of it is, WWE needs to improve its creative overall and help lay the foundation for the future of these superstars. Too many times, I am seeing these young superstars jobbed out and made to look weak on too far of occasions to give them any sort of momentum.
"The Fortunate Son" Ted DiBiase being the key example of this group. Look at how hot Teddy was when they first hinted at an Orton-DiBiase rivalry. Then here comes the jobbing every week and made to look weak, by getting buried every single week on RAW by Mr. Orton. You seen who got the momentum swing then and DiBiase's crowd momentum was crushed.
JR's Blog: Answered a question that I was surprised to see Bret Hart named Raw G.M. simply because I know Hitman has many interests and traveling to Raw each week is a three day piece of business . Don't get me wrong, I'm more than pleased with the selection and anxious to know more about the back story of the appointment . Plus, Bret adds needed star power to the flagship broadcast of which there's never too much.
Dunfee's Dose: I definitely believe that Bret "The Hitman" Hart is definitely a fresh direction as RAW GM. As I have previously mentioned, Bret was not my first choice for the role. I was leaning more along the lines of Ted DiBiase, Sr., who drew rave reviews during his stint as a RAW guest host last year. With Bret as GM, it definitely gives us something different without the same old tired storyline with a "heel" GM who favors those guys.
JR's Blog: No...to an emailer who asked if I expected to see JBL back in the ring at some point. I think that limo has driven off into the sunset and is properly funded to boot. Could John make a guest appearance/cameo in a non wrestling role some day in WWE? I assume that he could and I would invest in that happening before he would ever don the tights again. I plan on seeing JBL on my next 'book trip' to New York City.
Dunfee's Dose: I would most definitely see Mr. Layfield back in WWE in some capacity, even though I agree with J.R. that it would not to be a competitor inside the squared circle. I thought JBL did a phenomenal job as a SmackDown! broacast announcer and although I am not in favor of a "heel" GM at the moment, he definitely would fit the role to the tee.
JR's Blog: I've heard some rumblings that when Batista gets healthy that he might try his hand in the MMA world. This rumor is FAR from official but I do know that Batista has been doing some MMA training and has a bona fide interest in the genre. This would be a huge challenge for Batista if he indeed attempts to compete in MMA at a high level which, again, is not a done deal.
Dunfee's Dose: I am no expert on MMA, I recently began following it a lot closer, but not enough to make an expert opinion on the sport. I will say this though, Dave definitely looks the part of an MMA fighter. Batista is on the wrong side of 30 and his conditioning and muscular frame could cause some problems at his old age, but it would definitely be a fun transition to see from "The Animal".
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